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Wednesday October 26

Apple posts Apple Pay support page on German website...

After a bumpy Apple Pay rollout in Japan earlier this week, Apple this week posted a support an explainer page covering the payments service to its regional German website, suggesting an impending launch in that country.

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Apple Pay exec Jennifer Bailey to speak at Code...

Apple’s head of Apple Pay, Jennifer Bailey, is set to appear alongside other industry titans at Recode’s Code Commerce conference this December. The Apple exec ran the company’s online stores for many years and now leads Apple Pay, Apple’s contactless mobile payments solution.

The Code Commerce meeting takes place multiple times a year; Bailey will be appearing at the last one in 2016 on December 6. No doubt the new MacBook Pro with integrated Apple Pay will form part of the discussions.


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Tuesday October 25

Apple's Annual Sales Fall For First Time Since...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNNMoney: Apple just posted its first annual sales decline since 2001, the year it launched the iPod and kicked off a tremendous run of groundbreaking products. The tech company revealed Tuesday that annual sales fell to $216 billion in the 2016 fiscal year ending September 30, from a record $234 billion in 2015. The sales decline is closely connected to the falling sales for the iPhone, which remains Apple's largest source of revenue. Apple sold 45.5 million iPhones in the September quarter, down from 48 million iPhones in the same quarter a year earlier. That marks the third consecutive quarter when iPhone sales and overall revenue have declined from a year prior. Many analysts have raised concerns that the global smartphone market is saturated. Customers are taking longer to replace their phones. And Apple's latest iPhone is a dead ringer for the previous two models, eliminating some of the desire to upgrade. The good news is that this...

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IBM extends Watson cognitive capabilities to...

As part of a continued partnership with Apple, IBM on Tuesday announced an extension of the MobileFirst for iOS program that integrates Watson cognitive computing technology to bring natural language processing, deep data analytics and more to iOS 10.

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Apple VP Lisa Jackson talks of sharing user data...

WikiLeaks’ ongoing dump of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta have already offered a few insights relating to Apple and Tim Cook. The most recent dump, however, includes an email from Apple executive Lisa Jackson which may seem a little jarring to Apple customers at first because she is boasting about the thousands of times every month that Apple is sharing data with the government and the acknowledgement that, even with encryption, Apple devices still have some juicy morsels for law enforcement:

Thousands of times every month, we give governments information about Apple customers and devices, in response to warrants and other forms of legal process. We have a team that responds to those requests 24 hours a day. Strong encryption does not eliminate Apple’s ability to give law enforcement meta...

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Apple Says It Will Return to Revenue Growth in...

Apple on Tuesday guided December quarter revenue higher than the year-ago quarter, the first time in four quarters that Apple would beat year-over-year sales. That guidance is a mixed bag of good news and meh news, and it’s complicated by a number of factors. Bryan Chaffin examines those factors.

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No hardware Escape key on new MacBook Pros? Don’t...

After seeing the leaks for the upcoming MacBook Pro, many people have wondered how their workflows might be hindered by the removal of the hardware Escape key. While it’s very likely that an Escape key will be able to be mapped to the OLED Magic Toolbar, macOS Sierra contains another handy provision for those of you who still prefer to use a dedicated hardware key.


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Apple Has Created 'Detailed Mockups' of...

One of the biggest features on iOS that isn't available on Android is iMessage, an instant messaging service that allows users to send information over Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, and other forms of internet access to other iOS or OS X users. Earlier this year, there were been rumors swirling around the possibility of the service coming to Android due to Apple's increased focus on services, "which means opening up certain avenues beyond its own iOS and OS X platforms." Today, Daring Fireball's John Gruber has added fuel to the fire by mentioning that he's "heard from little birdies" that a handful of "detailed mockups" of iMessage for Android have been shared around Apple. MacRumors reports: The user interface of the Android app is said to have gone through numerous designs, from one that looks identical to the version on iOS, to another that has a "pure Material Design," using Google's design language it developed a few years ago. Gruber still thinks iMessage on Android "might happen sooner or...

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Apple makes slow pivot to India as China sales cool

Once Apple's largest growth market, revenues from Greater China slid 30 percent during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016, prompting the company to turn at least part of its focus toward prospects in India.

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Despite $9 Billion Profit, Apple Revenues Slump...

Even though Apple introduced new products in Q4 2016, the company’s financial slump has continued, with services being the main bright spot in its quarterly earnings report. It’s not exactly doom and gloom, though, since Apple still posted a net profit over $9 billion on revenues of $46.9 billion.


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Antique Kernel Flaw Opens Door to New Dirty Cow...

A Linux security vulnerability first discovered more than a decade ago once again poses a threat, Red Hat warned last week, as an exploit that could allow attackers to gain enhanced privileges on affected computers has turned up in the wild. Users need to take steps to patch their systems to prevent the exploit, known as "Dirty Cow," from granting access to unprivileged attackers. "What's changed isn't the vulnerability itself, but rather the manner in which it's being exploited," said Josh Bressers, a security strategist at Red Hat.

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Tim Cook: Giving Up Privacy with Siri and AI is a...

The best analyst questions during Apple’s Q4 2016 Financial Results came from Simona Jankowski with Goldman Sachs. She asked Tim Cook about his perspective on home vs. mobile artificial intelligence agents and then the issue of privacy. Tim Cook took a solid stand on both questions that reveal the future direction of Apple.

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More leaked macOS assets show Touch ID on new...

While a leak of Apple’s new MacBook Pro earlier today offered a first look at the much rumored OLED touch screen built into the device’s keyboard alongside Touch ID, we’ve found yet more hints that seem to show Touch ID can also be used for unlocking functionality.


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Tim Cook: maybe we have car and TV plans, maybe we...

In a press/analyst conference regarding Apple’s latest financial results, CEO Tim Cook would neither confirm nor deny any company plans regarding an “Apple Car” or automotive software --or anything else that may be cooking in its secret labs.

“I can’t speak about rumors, but Apple looks for ways to improve customer experiences, and it’s clear that there are lots of technologies that will become available or will revolutionize the car experience,” he said. “However, we have nothing to announce today.”

When asked about the doubling of the company’s research and development budget, Cook said that Apple has products in development face that haven’t yet reached the market that factor into the R&D budget, but — as you might expect — didn’t elaborate.

When asked if Apple still had any interest in television, he said it was of “intense interest to me and many other people here.” Adding that the company had focused on some original content, he won’t talk about...

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AWT News Update: October 25, 2016 (Q4 2014 Earnings...

Ahhh, the joy of earnings calls. They provide a lot of information, and are usually as dry as Death Valley National Park. Today's Apple Q4 2016 Earnings Call was no exception, so today we're taking that one-hour phone call and condensing it down to a bit over 7 minutes. Highlights? Read the rest of this post and listen to the podcast.

  • Apple "kinda" beat the street estimates, slightly over for earnings per share and iPhone units sold, but was just a hair under estimates for revenues at "only" $46.9 billion.
  • One of the key points is that supply is constrained on the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7. Apple is expecting the iPhone 7 to "catch up" during the quarter, but it sounds like supplies of the iPhone 7 Plus could be low until early in 2017.
  • Services now account for a huge percentage of Apple's revenues, and Apple CFO Luca Maestri noted that Apple Pay transactions were up over 500% since 2015. The company did more transactions in September of 2016 than in...
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Apple’s Services business sets an all-time revenue...

Apple’s Services business saw revenue grew 24% to set another all-time record during the company’s fourth fiscal quarter. Those Services include Apple Music subscriptions, iTunes Music, iCloud storage plans, paid apps from Apple's App Store, and Apple Care service plans, Apple Pay, etc.

Apple Pay transactions were up 500% year-over-year. Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri says there were more Apple Pay transactions in the fourth quarter than inall of 2015. CEO Tim Cook expects “rapid” adoption of Apple’s mobile payment system in Japan, where it launched this week. He also teased a Spain launch in “the next few months.”

Apple’s music revenue from Apple Music and iTunes was up 22% year-over-year in quarter four.

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iPhone sales beat the street’s consensus (by about 1...

Apple sold 45.5 million iPhones during its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 24. That’s a bit better than the consensus of 44 million. The smartphone sales were down 13% from the prior-year period, but up 17% from the previous quarter.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says that demand for the iPhone 7 and, especially, the iPhone 7 Plus continues to outstrip supply, but “we’re working to get devices into customers hands as quickly as possible.” Apple’s smartphone was up in sales in 33 countries and boasts an average selling price of $619. Cook says there were more Android to iPhone switchers in the fourth quarter than ever before though he gave no stats regarding this. Things also look good on the upgrade front.

“Carriers that had an upgrade plan say that demand is robust,” says Cook.

Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri adds that Canada, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, South Asia show strong iPhone sales. China sales are down, but preliminary reaction to the...

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Apple CFO: there’s ‘some exciting news for current...

Apple sold 4.89 million Macs during its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 24. That’s down 17% year-over-year, but things may be looking up.

Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri says that Mac installed base at the end of the September quarter was the biggest ever. And, obviously referring to Thursday’s “hello, again” media event said that there would be “some exciting news for current and future Mac owners very soon.”

Things were also a bit brighter for the iPad in the fiscal fourth quarter. Apple sold 9.7 million tablets during the quarter. That’s about flat with the same period a year-ago, but at least it saw the halt of a downward spiral of iPad sales. 

When it comes to the smartwatch Apple didn’t release figures (it never has). The company’s “Other Products” category (which includes the Apple Watch, iPod, Apple TV, and Beats products) were down 22% year-over-year.

However, CEO Tim Cook says that the Apple Watches, Series 2 is “off to a great...

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macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Leaks New MacBook Pro Images

Apple seems to have tipped its hand and accidentally revealed the upcoming Retina MacBook Pro in Monday’s macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update. Photos showing the soon to be announced MacBook Pro with a touch sensitive OLED function strip were buried in the macOS update, which is about a close to a pre-event confirmation Apple will get.

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Tim Cook says Apple is interested in both content...

In typically vague fashion, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook evaded questions and offered little in the way of details during his company's quarterly earnings conference call on Tuesday. But his comments on original content could fuel speculation that Apple plans to make more original content or perhaps acquire a high-profile content maker.

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News: Notes from Apple’s Q4 2016 earnings call

Kicking off Apple’s investor conference call following the company’s announcement of quarterly numbers for Q4 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that the quarterly results were strong and near the top of the guidance that Apple provided for the quarter. Cook said that the iPhone continues to see year-over-year improvements compared to the last two quarters, and that iPhone sales are up year-over-year in 33 of the top 40 markets where the iPhone…

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Revenue from Apple Music, Apple Pay & other...

Despite posting year-over-year drops in Mac and iPhone revenue, and flat iPad numbers, there was one bright spot in Apple's September-quarter sales results: a 24 percent increase from services.

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Apple is 19 percent less profitable in Q4 of 2016...

Enlarge / The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has just released its earnings report for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, which runs from the beginning of July to the end of September. As has been the case for the last two quarters, iPhone sales were down year-over-year, and that decline combined with sliding sales for Macs, iPads, and "other products" has driven the company's revenue and profit down even as its Services division continues to climb at a steady clip.

Apple made $9 billion in profit and $46.9 billion in revenue, compared to $11.1 billion in profit and $51.5 billion in revenue in Q4 of 2015. Its gross margin was 39.4 percent. These results beat ...

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Notes of interest from Apple's Q4 2016...

Apple closed the book on its fiscal 2016 with a quarterly earnings conference call, marking the end of the first year where iPhone sales declined. However, Apple is bullish on its outlook, particularly with the newly released iPhone 7 series and a growing services business.

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After first revenue decline in 15 years, Apple...

As expected, Apple on Tuesday posted its first year-over-year revenue decline in 15 years for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016, but the company is guiding for a rosy forecast next quarter on strong anticipated iPhone sales.

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Apple Beats Guidance with Q4 Earnings, Guides Q4...

Apple reported fiscal fourth quarter revenues of US$46.9 billion with earnings of $9 billion on Tuesday. Earnings per share were $1.67. Those results are down year over year from revenues of $51.5 billion, earnings of $11.1 billion, and EPS of $1.96. Gross margins were 38%, down year-over-year from 39.9%. Apple beat consensus estimates on EPS and guided Q4 revenues higher than consensus.

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MacBook Pro’s new Magic Toolbar leaked in hidden...

Apple issued an update to macOS Sierra this week, and along with it came a few unexpected surprises.

The macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update includes a hidden image depicting a brand-new MacBook Pro with an OLED touch bar at the top, allegedly dubbed a Magic Toolbar. Apple is officially expected to announce this new MacBook Pro on Thursday at 10 a.m. Pacific during its second fall event.

The leaked images, first unveiled by MacRumors, show how the new MacBook Pro integrates Touch ID on the Magic Toolbar to be able to verify online payments via Apple Pay.

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Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 25, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

MacHTTP.Org has released MacHTTP-js Preview for macOS, a full-featured Web server for 21st century desktops and servers.

MacHTTP-js is a modern take on the classic stand-alone, desktop computer Web server plus a whole lot more, using current state-of-the-art technology while derived from the core ideas that went into the creation of the original Mac Web server, MacHTTP, says creator Chuck Shotton.

MacHTTP-js eliminates the need to understand arcane command line tools or to be an expert in deploying Linux-based servers. Instead, it returns to its roots as a double-clickable application with a friendly user interface allowing anyone technical enough to operate a text editor...

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Live blog: Apple’s fiscal year Q4 2016 earnings call

Just moments ago, Apple reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2016 and now the company is preparing to hold a conference call with investors and reporters to discuss the Typically, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri give a deeper look into the results, while questions will also be taken from analysts and investors.


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Apple reports Q4 2016 results

Rather than re-type everything, here's the press release in its entirety (except for the usual legal slop at the end):

“Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results
Services Revenue Grows 24% to All-Time Quarterly Record of $6.3 Billion

CUPERTINO, California — October 25, 2016 — Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter ended September 24, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $46.9 billion and quarterly net income of $9 billion, or $1.67 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $51.5 billion and net income of $11.1 billion, or $1.96 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 62 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“Our strong September quarter results cap a very successful fiscal 2016 for Apple,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re thrilled with the customer response to iPhone 7, iPhone 7...

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News: Apple Q4 2016: $46.9B revenue, 45.5M iPhones...

Apple reported its fourth quarter 2016 financial results today, with 45.5 million iPhones and 9.2 million iPads sold. The company posted quarterly revenue of $46.9 billion and quarterly net income of $9 billion, or $1.67 per diluted share. In Q4 2015, Apple had revenue of $51.5 billion and net income of $11.1 billion, or $1.96 per diluted share. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.9 percent a year ago. International sales contributed to 62…

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Apple earns $46.9B in revenue on sales of 45.5M...

Apple on Tuesday revealed the results of its fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, in which the company sold 45.5 million iPhones on its way to $9 billion in net income, coming in just slightly ahead of expectations on Wall Street.

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The Phone Hackers At Cellebrite Have Had Their...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Cellebrite, an Israeli company that specializes in digital forensics, has dominated the market in helping law enforcement access mobile phones. But one apparent reseller of the company's products is publicly distributing copies of Cellebrite firmware and software for anyone to download. Although Cellebrite keeps it most sensitive capabilities in-house, the leak may still give researchers, or competitors, a chance to figure out how Cellebrite breaks into and analyzes phones by reverse-engineering the files. The apparent reseller distributing the files is McSira Professional Solutions, which, according to its website, "is pleased to serve police, military and security agencies in the E.U. And [sic] in other parts of the world." McSira is hosting software for various versions of Cellebrite's Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED), hardware that investigators can use to bypass the security mechanisms of phones, and then extract...

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News: Apple reportedly hiring engineers from...

Apple has reportedly hired two dozen engineers from BlackBerry’s QNX division to work on its new car operating system, Bloomberg reports. The engineers comprise part of a larger team based at an Apple office in Ottawa, Canada — about a five-minute walk from QNX headquarters. Apple was said to have targeted QNX employees specifically due to their experience in developing key components of operating systems and power management. The car operating…

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∞ Apple reports $9 billion quarterly profit

Apple on Tuesday announced a $9 billion profit for the company’s fiscal fourth quarter on 46.9 billion of revenue. These results compare to revenue of $51.5 billion and net income of $11.1 billion, in the year-ago quarter.

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Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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Apple announces Q4 2016 revenue of $46.9b: 45.5m...

Apple today has officially reported its Q4 2016 earnings results with $46.9 billion in revenue and $9 billion in profit from the July to September quarter. In its earnings press release, Apple says the following:

Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter ended September 24, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $46.9 billion and quarterly net income of $9 billion, or $1.67 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $51.5 billion and net income of $11.1 billion, or $1.96 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 62 percent of the quarter’s revenue.


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Images of new MacBook Pro with Magic Toolbar leaked...
Rumor: Apple has dozens of software engineers...

According to Bloomberg, Apple has dozens of software engineers in Canada building a car operating system. Many of the engineers working in Canada were hired over the past year and about two dozen came from BlackBerry Ltd.’s QNX, a leading automotive software provider, the article adds, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

“The engineers now work at an Apple office in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata, about a five-minute walk from QNX, the people said. Apple targeted QNX employees because of their experience developing fundamental components of operating systems and power management, a former QNX executive said,” according to Bloomberg. “The most notable Apple hire from QNX was its chief executive officer, Dan Dodge. Since joining Apple’s Project Titan car initiative...

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Tip of the Day: Displaying song lyrics on Apple TV

While you’re probably aware that Apple added lyrics support to Apple Music in iOS 10, what may be less obvious is that you can also view lyrics on your fourth-generation Apple TV, using tvOS 10. Once you’re playing a track, touch (not press) the Siri Remote touchpad from the Now Playing screen and you’ll get the same detail view as before, but if the song has lyrics associated with it, a second button appears at the top of the screen…

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macOS 10.12.1 spills the beans on the new MacBook Pro


Who needs rumor sites and analyst reports when Apple leaks its own hardware ahead of time in its own software? An eagle-eyed MacRumors reader went digging into the macOS 10.12.1 update that was released yesterday and found an official Apple Pay-related image that outs the new MacBook Pro and a whole bunch of its banner features.

The image, seen above, appears to show off the 13-inch MacBook Pro that Apple is expected to reveal at its hardware event on Thursday. The screen bezel is noticeably thinner than in the current design, and there's less metal surrounding the keyboard, which is in keeping with reports that the hardware would have a smaller, slimmer profile than the current model. The...

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It Looks Like Apple is Killing the Physical Esc and...

Curious minds on the internet have uncovered an image file on their Mac, which was added by Apple in the latest macOS update. The image reveals a new laptop that fully fits the description of rumored MacBook Pro, which Apple is expected to launch on October 27. The laptop in the picture has what seems like a "contextual" OLED display (some are calling it Magic Toolbar display) on the top. What's interesting from that picture is that there's no physical Escape key or Power key to be found anywhere.

Editor's note: We usually tend to avoid covering leaks and rumors, but several readers pitched the story to us, and media outlets are also covering it now, which adds some credibility to the matter.


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macOS Sierra 10.12.1 includes images of new MacBook...

As noted by MacRumors, macOS Sierra 10.12.1 includes hidden Apple Pay images that depict a  MacBook Pro with an OLED touch panel that will debut at Apple’s “hello, again” media event on Thursday, Oct. 27.

The images confirm the “Magic Toolbar” — an OLED touch bar that will will dynamically change its appearance and present virtual buttons to users based on the app or task at hand. In the images, Apple Pay dialog is depicted, asking a customer to confirm a purchase with a finger on the panel. Apparently, Touch ID is built directly into the OLED panel and no dedicated Touch ID button is included.

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Apple testing AR-based car navigation and self-...

A fresh report about Apple's automotive ambitions claims that the company is continuing its shift away from building a whole car, and is instead developing software for self-driving vehicles, with recent hires being funneled into the effort.

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MacTech Conference 2016: Get $200 off your...

As with last year, Apple World Today is proud to be a media sponsor of MacTech Conference. This year's conference is scheduled for November 16 - 18, 2016 at the Westin LAX in Los Angeles, California, with pre-conference workshops scheduled for November 15.

MacTech Conference is the only place where Mac IT professionals can experience a broad spectrum of vendors, speakers, and conference sessions designed to not only educate, but provide opportunities for networking with others. 

Topics at the conference include:

• Managing Macs
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• New Apple File System (aka APFS)
• DevOps
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• Database, Developer, Cloud, Collaboration, Communication and Network Technologies
• Storage and Backups
• Directory Services
• Business Best Practices

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Welp, Apple leaks its new MacBook Pro with Magic...

Yesterday’s release of macOS Sierra has given us the first look at the new MacBook Pro sporting the long-rumored Magic Toolbar. The image, which is buried within the file structure of macOS Sierra 10.12.1 release, relates directly to the Touch ID functionality embedded within the function-row-replacing strip. The images, which were initially noted by a MacRumors tipster, are […]

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Official Apple images show new MacBook Pro with OLED...

With just a few days to go before Apple is expected to announce its next-generation MacBook Pro, photos contained in the newly released macOS 10.12.1 update appear to show the design of the new notebook, including its dynamic touch-sensitive function row.

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Samsung hopes to fend off interest in iPhone,...

As part of the continuing Galaxy Note 7 fire debacle, Samsung is not only offering financial incentives for customers to trade their problematic phone for a Galaxy S 7 phone and stay in the Samsung ecosystem in the face of pressure from the iPhone 7, but it is also saying that customers in the country will be able to exchange a Galaxy S 7 for the forthcoming Galaxy Note 8 for half the normal price.

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Report: Apple continues hiring from BlackBerry’s QNX...

Following an earlier report that Apple hired former BlackBerry employee and founder of the company’s QNX operating system, a new Bloomberg story today details Apple’s expansion of an R&D facility in Canada housing dozens of engineers that appear to be working on car related software.

The report points to many hires coming from BlackBerry’s QNX teams, which it notes is currently used as an underlying operating system in over 60 million cars. The team is located in Kanata, Ontario, Canada, the hometown of Blackberry’s QNX where Apple reportedly leased R&D office space ...

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Microsoft Event: Come for Windows, Stay for Surface

Microsoft's Windows 10 event, scheduled for Wednesday, actually could focus more on hardware than on the operating system, given that the next Windows 10 refresh is expected in March. A new Surface device -- possibly an all-in-one computer with a 21-inch or larger screen -- could be in the offing. Whether Microsoft will unveil updates to its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book devices or showcase products from its OEMs has generated some debate. "It'll be a hardware event," predicted Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

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Existing Home Routers Could Be Used to Stop DDoS...

There has been much written about how Friday’s DDoS attack was made possible by a security hole present in various internet of Things (ioT) devices. The lingering question is: how do we prevent this from happening again? The answer might be sitting right there in your home.

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Google’s new ‘Jamboard’ real-time collaboration tool...

At $6000, the Google Jamboard is clearly aimed at enterprise customers who want a unified real-time collaboration solution. However, the more interesting collaboration software that runs on the 55-inch 4K touchscreen will also be available through companion iOS phone and tablet apps.


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macOS virtual keyboard system resources lack...

Users delving through the resources in Monday's macOS "Sierra" 10.12.1 code have found a graphic representation of a keyboard without a function row, suggesting that rumors of a touch control strip replacing the function keys may be accurate.

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WiGig gets official certification, promises speeds...

The Wi-Fi Alliance has officially certified WiGig, also known as 802.11ad, which could drastically improve the speed of transfers over local Wi-Fi networks and better support gigabit-speed internet connections.

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The 20 CDs given out during the original iPod launch

Nobuyuki Hayashi:

The event was reported on uncountable number of media outlets, from radios, TVs and web news (Blog was still new back then, and there were virtually no social media). But not many of the coverages talks about the story of the 20 CDs.

After announcing the original iPod, Steve Jobs’ said Apple has prepared about 250 prototypes of the original iPods which the invited journalists can take away (but later return). The iPod was loaded with music from 20 CDs, so the journalists can try iPod out on the way back home.

Steve Jobs insisted that Apple has no intention of stealing away the sales of the music industry; remember this was way before iTunes Music Store. What Apple did to keep its word is buying same number of 20 CDs sets and gave it along with the iPod prototypes to the journalists.

The clever folks at Reddit have created an...

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TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-25: iMessage Wish...

Give us enough time with an app we really like and we’ll find something to improve. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple’s iMessage platform and Messages app, and Bryan has some interface improvements he’d like to see. They also look at the CD collection Apple gave the media with the original iPod, and Jeff notes Apple’s Apple ID Two-Factor authentication setup bug seems to be fixed.

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macOS hints at new MacBook Pro’s OLED touch bar on...

A new discovery in yesterday’s release of macOS 10.12.1 hints at the much anticipated OLED touch screen expected to be integrated into Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro rumored to arrive at the company’s October 27 event this week.


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12" MacBook for $849, iPhone 6s for $440, 128GB...

Shoppers this week can save a bundle on refurbished Apple products starting with $440 off a 2015 12" MacBook. Or pick up an unlocked iPhone at up to $350 off. Apple's 128GB iPad Air 2 and Apple Watch Sport devices are $60 off, while an 8GB iPod Touch (4th gen) is $69.95. Many refurbished items come with a 30-day money back guarantee.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7″ iPad Pro Wi-Fi $100 off,...

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Best Buy is taking $100 off all 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi models, prices start at $500 shipped

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The definitive map of the world’s extraordinary...

Next time you go traveling, check out this map to see what is in the area you’ll be visiting. Next year, I’m (hopefully) heading to Portugal and Southeast Asia to teach beginning photography workshops and I’ve already picked out some of these extraordinary places to visit.

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Rowkin Bit Wireless Stereo Earbuds: Smaller, less...

Rowkin Bit Wireless Stereo Earbuds on a US quarter. Photo ©2016, Steven Sande

Apple's AirPods wireless earbuds should be coming out soon -- in fact, they may hit stores by the end of this week -- but for some people there are negatives associated with the product. First of all, those little white dangly bits just seem a bit weird to some folks, and the lack of a way to keep them completely connected to your ear while running is a concern. Then there's the price tag -- $159. Fortunately, there are alternatives, and today we're looking at the Rowkin Bit Wireless Stereo Earbuds ($109.99, affiliate link). 


Forget about that little white part that sticks out of the bottom of the AirPods. The Rowkin Bit earbuds fit entirely into your ear. A small button bisects the surface of each earbud, and there's a small LED to indicate pairing or listening status; it's also...

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MyScript Nebo iPad Pro Note Taking App Temporarily a...

The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil make for a great note taking combo, and MyScript Nebo lets you amp that up with built-in handwriting recognition. Nebo converts what you write into editable text, lets you add formatting, turns your drawings into editable graphics, exports to Microsoft Word or any app that supports text editing, and more. It’s one of our favorite note taking apps, and you can get it for free instead of the usual US$8.99. MyScript says the price drop is temporary, so be sure to grab your copy right away.

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How to find the best seat in any movie theater

At 6’3″, I generally sit on the aisle for legroom but I’m going to try this “trick” next time I go to a theater.

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How to use Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 plus

Notice the difference in these shots from a professional photographer, in particular, the background elements. Something I teach my students all the time is to look behind your subject to see if there are elements there that don’t add to or even subtract/distract from your subject.

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Beats launches Powerbeats3 Wireless earbuds with...

Apple's Beats division on Tuesday officially launched the Powerbeats3 Wireless, just the second audio product on the market with Apple's W1 wireless chip.

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tvOS 10.0.1 Update Improves Security, Skips Single...

When Apple released macOS Sierra 10.12.1 and iOS 10.1 on Monday it also slipped tvOS 10.0.1 out, too. The update is available for the fourth generation Apple TV, and offers security and bug fixes, but doesn’t give us iOS 10’s promised single sign-on feature.

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News: Apple releases PowerBeats3 Wireless earphones

Apple has released the PowerBeats3 Wireless earphones ($200), the company’s second W1-chip-equipped set of headphones. The earphones include “Fast Fuel” charging, which the company claims provides a full hour of playback from a 5-minute charge. On a full charge the earphones boast 12 hours of playback and can be instantly linked to an iPhone by powering them on and holding them near the device (provided the phone is running iOS 10).…

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Rumor: Apple has made mockups of iMessage for...

Whether or not it's ever released, Apple has allegedly toyed internally with the idea of releasing iMessage for Android, going as far as to make mockups for the text messaging client in Google's "Material Design," according to a new report.

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Battlefield 1: Big, Bombastic and Very Loosely Based

If filmmaker Michael Bay -- known for the Transformers and other over-the-top films -- were to decide to make a World War I movie, and if he chose to rely on comic books as his research materials, the result would be very much like Electronic Arts' newly released video game Battlefield 1. This latest entry in the popular series -- somewhat confusing given the "1" in its moniker -- moves the action from recent modern settings to the Great War, taking the action back in time 100 years, highlighting lumbering tanks and biplanes.

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Powerful products

Power up!

This week’s roundup is full of new ways to recharge your iPhone or iPad while you’re on the go. Read on!


Solar Paper ($200 MSRP, $124.62 on Amazon) is billed as “the world’s smallest solar charger for the amount of potential wattage it can generate.” The makers say it can recharge your iPhone in 2.5 hours on a sunny day. And the system is expandable; strong magnets mean you can string together a series of Solar Paper panels to generate even more backup power.


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AAPL Q4 2016 Earnings Report Coverage this Afternoon

Apple’s fourth fiscal quarter earnings conference call is scheduled to start after the market closes this afternoon, Tuesday, October 25th. The Mac Observer will be here to bring you the latest news, announcements, and analysis from the event.

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News: Apple Pay launch in Japan encounters major...

Apple Pay has launched in Japan, but the mobile payment method’s integration with JR East’s Suica transit card has hit a major snag, as acknowledged by Apple’s website. Apple said that problems cropped up around 9:20 a.m. local time, when users started having difficulty adding Suica cards to Apple Pay or were unable to add money to their cards. Users also had problems accessing JR East’s “Mobile Suica” system to…

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9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPhone 7, and Apple Watch Series...

Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPhone 7, and Apple Watch Series 2 are all on Best Buy’s annual “Top Tech” list — the 20 “must-have technology products” for the holiday season.

The list contains the hottest new and emerging technologies handpicked by Best Buy’s tech experts, from virtual reality and smart home products to drones and hair dryers (yes, hair dryers). It also includes the latest laptops, gaming systems, TVs, cameras and more. Customers can browse, learn about, preorder or buy them now in Best Buy stores and on

“This holiday, we’re making it easier than ever for our customers by taking out the guesswork as they shop for friends, family or...

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Lyft customers face potential hack from recycled...

Giving up an old cell phone number for a new one may seem harmless. But for Lyft customers, it can potentially expose their accounts to complete strangers.

That’s what happened to Lara Miller, a media relations specialist living in California. Earlier this month, she discovered two credit card charges made in Las Vegas, over 400 miles away.

“I thought it was legit fraud on my debit card,” Miller said.  

But in reality, another woman had accidentally taken over her old Lyft account. It happened because the phone company had recycled the cell phone number Miller had canceled back in April—opening the door to the hack.

The problem involves Lyft’s login process. The ride-hailing app does away with the hassle of usernames and passwords, and instead signs up customers with their smartphone’s cell number.


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Powerbeats 3 wireless earphones now available to buy...

Following the launch of the W1-equipped Beats Solo3 on-ear headphones, Beats has now launched the latest iteration of its Powerbeats wireless earphones, the Powerbeats 3, making it the second audio peripheral to ship with the Apple W1 chip, which enables easy instantaneous pairing between Apple devices.

The Powerbeats 3 feature up to 12 hour battery life on a single charge, with a ‘Fast Fuel’ 5 minute top up charge providing an hour of playtime in a hurry. You can order the Powerbeats 3 from Apple today, priced at $199.95.


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John Gruber on iMessage’s stickiness

John Gruber, reacting to this post from Lauren Goode about iMessage stickiness:

There’s a split between iPhone users who are primarily part of the Apple ecosystem (iCloud, Safari, Apple Mail, …) and those who are part of the Google ecosystem (Google Drive, Google Calendar, Chrome, Gmail, …).

iMessage is an exception. With iMessage you get to connect both with iPhone users in the Google ecosystem and iPhone users in the Apple ecosystem. For a lot of us here in the U.S., that’s just about everyone we know. It’s no coincidence that two of Google’s major Android initiatives this year are Allo and Duo, their answers to iMessage and FaceTime. I don’t think it’s going to work.


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International university rankings 2016-2017

Interesting to view the list with Brexit in mind. As is, 3 of the top 10, including #1 Oxford, are in the EU. After Brexit, 0.

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Apple ramping up iPhone 7 production to take...

Apple is reportedly increasing its iPhone production orders in the fourth quarter in a bid to take marketshare from Samsung, still reeling from the end of the Galaxy Note 7.

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Your Apple devices may someday recognize your face...

Someday soon you may be able to unlock your iPhone or iPad (heck, maybe even your Mac) by looking at it (or rather having it look at you). Apple has been granted a parent (number 9,477,829) for “locking and unlocking a mobile device using facial recognition.” 

Per the patent, an unlocked mobile device is configured to capture images, analyze the images to detect a user's face, and automatically lock the device in response to determining that a user's face doesn’t appear in the images. The camera capturing and face recognition processing may be triggered by the device having detected that it has been motionless for a set period of time. 

The locked mobile device can also be configured to capture an initial image using its camera, capture a new image in response to detecting movement of the device, determine that the device moved to a use position, capture a subsequent image in response to determining that the device moved to a use position, analyze the subsequent image...

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Last Chance for The Award-Winning Mac Bundle

This is your last chance to Pay What You Want for The Award-Winning Mac Bundle. It’s 13 Mac apps, including Drive Genius 4, The Hit List, DeltaWalker 2 Pro, Nisus Writer Pro, Aurora HDR, WinZip 5 Mac, VPN Forever: 3-Yr Subscription, Project Planning Pro, Letter Opener for macOS Mail, Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro, Screen Grabber Pro, eXtra Voice Recorder, and PhotoStitcher. That’s a quality list of apps (and services). Pay anything, even a penny, and you get three of them. Beat the average price—$13.03 as of this writing—and get all 13. Beat the leader’s price, and you’ll earn an entry in an iPhone 7 giveaway. You can read all the details on the deal listing.

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News: Daily Deal: Martian Notifier Smartwatch

In today’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the Martian Notifier Smartwatch for only $29.99 — that’s over 75% off the regular price. Sporting a more classic watch design, this wearable lets you get app notifications, track your phone’s location, and snap pictures with your camera all from your wrist. You can get push notifications from any of hundreds of apps, complete with the ability to assign custom vibration alerts, and the…

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As artificial intelligence evolves, so does its...

John Markoff, writing for the New York Times:

Imagine receiving a phone call from your aging mother seeking your help because she has forgotten her banking password.

Except it’s not your mother. The voice on the other end of the phone call just sounds deceptively like her.

It is actually a computer-synthesized voice, a tour-de-force of artificial intelligence technology that has been crafted to make it possible for someone to masquerade via the telephone.

Such a situation is still science fiction — but just barely. It is also the future of crime.

Very believable to me. If they can stick a perfect simulation of Audrey Hepburn in a modern TV ad, it’s not a far stretch to imagine them simulating my mom’s voice.



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Feature Request: iOS Do Not Disturb feature should...

Being woken in the early hours by your iPhone bleeping for some trivial reason is one of life’s more irritating experiences, so I’m a great fan of the Do Not Disturb feature. Set the hours you usually sleep, turn off the phone and you can relax in the knowledge that you won’t be woken by any calls, messages or other assorted audio alerts until a civilised hour.

But the scheduling of the Do Not Disturb hours isn’t exactly sophisticated: you simply get to specify the start and end times, and those same times apply 365 days a year unless you change them manually.

There’s one improvement I suspect we’d all like to see, with more sophisticated options likely to also appeal to many …


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Apple’s wearable display patent involves, among...

Apple is keeping whatever augmented reality (AR) plans it has secret (no surprise), but the company has been granted a patent (number 9,478,583) for a “wearable display having an array of LEDs on a conformable silicon substrate.”

You would think that such technology would involve AR glasses. And it might. However, the images accompanying the patent filing also show a shirt with a flexible display (pictured). Hmmm.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that flexible display technology can potentially be used in a variety of electronic devices such as rollable displays, irregularly shaped displays, and wearable displays. Currently, the flexibility of the electronic device is at least partially limited by the substrate on which the display is formed, but several flexible displays have been developed using thin glass or plastic as a flexible substrate onto which low-temperature polycrystalline silicon thin-film transistors (TFTs) are formed. 

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∞ time-lapse: Two decades in three minutes

Pretty well done.

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Xiaomi launches ‘phablet phone’ with 5.7-inch,...

Darn. Now my 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus looks so small. Xiaomi has launched the Mi Note 2, a “phablet phone” with a 5.7-inch, flexible OLED display that sits under a panel of wraparound glass and curves around the sides of the handset. 

It’s obviously designed to fill the void left by Samsung’s discontinued Galaxy Note 7. The Mi Note 2 sports a 22.56-megapixel camera on the back, an 8-megapixel camera on the front, and up to 6GB of RAM.

The phone starts at 2799 yuan (approximately $413) for a 4GB model with 64 GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. A 3499 yuan ($516) model sports 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM.

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Everything you need to know about AT&T’s deal...

An explainer from the Washington Post on the AT&T Time Warner deal. Two points that stick out:

AT&T, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, is buying Time Warner, the storied media titan that owns HBO, CNN and TBS. In an unprecedented step, the deal is going to combine a gigantic telecom operator — which also happens to be the largest pay-TV company — and a massive producer of entertainment content.

It means that for millions of Americans, AT&T will control both the pipes of distribution and much of the shows, movies and other content that travels through the pipes. It’s hard to overstate the significance of this move, both in terms of scale and in terms of the ripple effects this will have on Hollywood, the cable industry, the cellular industry and the broadband industry.

In other words, AT&T may be about to own a huge trove of some of the most recognizable names in media. This is a big moment, because anytime you watch anything owned by...

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Japanese Apple Pay launch not going well as transit...

Apple Pay’s Japanese launch doesn’t appear to be getting off to the best of starts. Bloomberg reports that commuters have been struggling to register their FeliCa train passes – which double as payment cards – into the system.


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New York Times in 2001: “Apple introduces what it...

Matt Richtel, writing for the New York Times when the original iPod was announced:

Apple Computer introduced a portable music player today and declared that the new gadget, called the iPod, was so much easier to use that it would broaden a nascent market in the way the Macintosh once helped make the personal computer accessible to a more general audience.


But while industry analysts said the device appeared to be as consumer friendly as the company said it was, they also pointed to its relatively limited potential audience, around seven million owners of the latest Macintosh computers. Apple said it had not yet decided whether to introduce a version of the music player for computers with the Windows operating system, which is used by more than 90 percent of personal computer users.


Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, disputed the concern that the market was limited, and said the company might have trouble meeting holiday demand. He...

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Long-awaited Sid Meier title 'Civilization VI...

Just three days after launching on Windows, the latest installment of the long-running "Civilization" strategy series, "Civilization VI," has come to macOS after three years of development.

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Apple releases iOS 10.1 update

If you were waiting for a hefty update to Apple’s recently-released iOS 10 operating system, it’s here.

On Monday, Apple released iOS 10.1, a new update which weighs in as a 300 megabyte download and incorporates the following extensive set of fixes and changes:

Camera and Photos:
Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)

People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups

Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app

Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users

Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library...

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Apple releases macOS 10.12.1 Sierra update

On Monday, Apple released macOS 10.12.1, the first major update to its recently-released macOS 10.12 Sierra operating system.

The update, which weighs in around 584 megabytes, includes the following fixes and changes:

Adds an automatic smart album in Photos for Depth Effect images taken on iPhone 7 Plus.

Improves the compatibility of Microsoft Office when using iCloud Desktop and Documents.

Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from updating when using a Microsoft Exchange account.

Fixes an issue that caused text to sometimes paste incorrectly when using Universal Clipboard.

Improves reliability of Auto Unlock with Apple Watch.

Improves security and stability in Safari.

Fixes an issue that may cause Mail to display unnecessary password...

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The 20 CDs Steve Jobs Gave Journalists with the...

Remember the first iPod? It was a thing. It held 5GB of music and was the size of a deck of playing cards. And there was no iTunes Store. The music industry was angry at Apple, worried that Steve Jobs wanted everyone to pirate CDs so he could sell us hardware. It was a whole big thing, but journalist Nobuyuki Hayashi reminded us of a tidbit I’d completely forgotten about. Apple sent out iPods to many journalists. Those iPods had music on them—20 albums worth chosen specifically and deliberately by Steve Jobs and the iPod team. And in an effort to show the music industry Apple was their ally, each of those iPods came with those 20 albums on CD. Mr. Hayashi recently found his bundle of CDs. He wrote an interesting post about it, including a list of all 20 albums. Spoiler, there’s a Dylan album, two Beatles albums, Nirvana, Bob Marley, Yo-Yo Ma, the Dave Brubek Quartet, a soundtrack, and more. It’s a fun snapshot look at an age...

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Driving while connected with the Navdy heads up...

Not everyone can afford to replace their current whip just to get the latest automotive smart features. The aftermarket world has got your back if you want to upgrade your stereo, but if you're looking for an HUD (Heads up Display) there aren't a lot...

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BlackBerry's third Android phone packs a...

BlackBerry has announced the DTEK60, the second in its range of Android smartphones manufactured by a third party. Like the DTEK50, the actual device has been put together by TCL, leaving BlackBerry with the job of making sure that it's secure enough...

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New MacBook Will Headline Apple's Thursday Show

A refresh of Apple's flagship laptop, the MacBook Pro, likely will be the highlight of an event scheduled for this Thursday at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California. The update to its flagship MacBook line couldn't come at a more critical time. "Apple has been under increasing pressure from Dell, Lenovo and others in this space and needs to up its game considerably lest it be accused of neglecting notebook users and customers," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

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Apple expected to report first decline in full year-...

Apple is due to announce its fiscal Q4 (calendar Q3) earnings today at 2pm PT/5pm ET, and the news isn’t expected to be good.

The company’s own guidance calls for a third consecutive quarter of year-on-year declining revenue. That would mean total revenue for its 2016 fiscal year of around $215B, 8% down on the previous year – making it the company’s first year-on-year decline since 2001 …


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Xiaomi's curved Note 2 has a striking yet...

It was only last month when Xiaomi launched the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus, but the Chinese company is already back with yet another flagship model. What we have here is the Mi Note 2 which, as you can tell by the name, is all about its large 5.7-inch 1080...

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The SVALT D2 is a cool (literally) Mac laptop...

I’m not sure how “hot” (in the literal sense) the next MacBook Pro — certain to be unveiled this Thursday — will be. However, when running high-demand apps (such as Final Cut Pro X), a laptop’s built-in cooling system can get a bit toasty, leading to processor throttling and slower performance. 

If you’ve experienced this — or simply don’t want to take a chance that you will — the $295 SVALT D2 is worth the $295 investment. It’s designed to transform your laptop into a desktop workstation via its built-in cooling system, temperature sensor and automatic speed control. The SVALT D2 also provides a Turbo mode so you can manually implement a blast of cool air. Also, there are a number of advanced, customizable, user-determined cooling modes.

Overall, the SVALT D2 runs quietly (well, expect for Turbo mode) thanks to its Silence Adapter. However, you can also turn off the fan if you wish and still see benefits....

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Apple Pay goes live in Japan, one of the most...

Alongside the introduction of iOS 10.1 and watchOS 3.1, Apple has switched on support for Apple Pay in Japan. This makes the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 compatible with the FeliCa contactless payment system used by almost two million payment terminals in the country.

Supporting Apple Pay in Japan was not a trivial undertaking for Apple. Although FeliCa is an NFC-based contactless payment system, it’s not compatible with the systems used in most other...

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